Diabetes education

By suecsdy Latest Reply 2015-02-25 21:20:22 -0600
Started 2015-02-02 17:12:56 -0600

I received a call this morning from a nurse…it seems my ins is sponsoring a diabetes education class and since I was recently dx, would I be interested in participating? Absolutely, yes. Since I was waiting on another call though, I did not get the details. She promised to call me back tomorrow to tell me more about it. Really looking forward to learning more about this and meeting other pwd. It might help me deal with everything a little better and not be so depressed about stuff. I don't like feeling like this. I have always been a positive person, but the last 6 months has been hard. Can't wait to find out more.

18 replies

O.B. 2015-02-20 04:00:58 -0600 Report

Awesome opportunity! One of the most helpful pieces of information was how to read nutrition labels and what diabetics need to look for. Of course the first thing people think is sugar and pretty much only sugar is what we are to cut back on. You don't hear that we are to look at total carbs then deduct the fiber to get how many carbs we are consuming. I loathe packaging that boasts "sugar free." The product is "sugar free" but has 54 carbs and 3 fiber. So misleading! I hope you get to take classes soon. They will be life changing!

suecsdy 2015-02-11 14:44:40 -0600 Report

My PCP would like to offer a diabetes class, but has trouble getting enough peoplle to show up. Told her whenever she does to call me . I'm not going anywhere.

Kats49 2015-02-11 11:25:10 -0600 Report

I think it is a blessing when these classes are offered through insurance that means your insurance co is proactive rather than reactive. Keeps us all healthier. I retake a course every 5 years just to make sure I know all I can. My endocrinolgist is a great physician but even she can't possibly tell me everything I need to know…There classes are user friendly and they give lots an lots of suggestions

GeekonBoard 2015-02-09 19:08:21 -0600 Report

I was thrilled to find out that my insurance offered a diabetes education class as well. Turns out that it's part of my "team" & I will be able to go to the RD diabetes educator & class every two weeks or more frequently if needed. She has an email that I can send questions to (if needed). I need as much help as I can get my mitts on & always welcome people to call me on my crap. I battled depression & anxiety — & am glad to have this lady supporting me (much like the support I've found here)!
I hope you find that you like the extra help & information! My RD diabetes educator has been great! I was told I could also attend a "group" class that meets, but figured one-on-one would be a better place for me to start for now. Good luck!

MaxieFo 2015-02-05 10:33:55 -0600 Report

That is great! I have been seeing a diabetic educator every three months since being diagnosed in August of 2014, and it has helped me tremendously to adjust to changes in my life style.
Having diabetes has been a big concern for me because my mother has it with a lot of complications that keep her in and out of the hospital and my father passed away from complications from diabetes.

jayabee52 2015-02-03 00:19:51 -0600 Report

That is excellent news, Sue
Glad the ins co is so forward looking as to invest in education for its clients.

Back in 1995 when I was first Dx'd it was very hard to get my ins co to spring for something like this.

God's best

lilleyheidi 2015-02-02 23:15:00 -0600 Report

I think this is wonderful news. When I first got diagnosed there were classes locally but only one or two people went to them, so they stopped the classes. There was also a support group but that also ended. That was about 5 or 6 years ago that that ran. I'm planning to begin a new support group in my area with the help of the local diabetes educator. I think the idea of learning from others with diabetes is such a great idea. I'm really happy this is available for you. Heidi

sweetslover 2015-02-02 21:52:55 -0600 Report

I have not heard of any classes for diabetics in my area, but I am going to look around and see if I can find one.

GeekonBoard 2015-02-09 19:13:21 -0600 Report

I live in a fairly small city called Beaumont, TX. You might want to google your town/city & diabetes education classes. I found that if I hadn't been sent to the RD diabetes educator in the Joslin Center - there were other options hosted by my local hospitals. Both our local hospitals have diabetes education classes. Hope you have some luck & find one in your area.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-02 20:34:29 -0600 Report

+hi sue
my first diabetic class was so eye opening for me. I had been told I was diabetic. But not how I got to that point and how to live with it all the way down to the medication seemed to be a deep dark secret I bad no need to know. My nurse that ran the class taught me everything. She even reccomended books I could read, she even reccomended DC to me.
I made some good friends there that I still keep in contact with. Go enjoy and learn. I think you will enjoy it.

RebDee 2015-02-02 19:34:48 -0600 Report

The first time I took Diabetes classes, I learned that most medications contain sulfa drugs. In the middle of the class, I shouted OMG!!! because I didn't know that and here I was having symptoms because of the sulfa drugs. I immediately went home and called my PCP and she changed my medication. That was when I went onto Actos which was the worst and caused me to swell up from my toes to my tush and tummy. Then when I took myself off Actos, I was put on insulin and there I stayed without problems until I had my bariatric surgery and now I don't need any insulin or medication and just survive on a healthy diet. But I continue to attend Diabetic classes as often as I can. Each time, I learn something new.

Pegsy 2015-02-02 18:39:40 -0600 Report

I have that on my list of things to do when my schedule calms down. My local hospital holds a monthly class/support group. The problem is, I don't think their diet recommendations are going to be very helpful.

Kats49 2015-02-11 11:31:02 -0600 Report

You might be surprised Pegsy…try one class fit it into your life you'll be grateful you did it. Their recommendations are just that ideas to use as a springboard for your own ideas. I am a vegetarian who eats fish. I learn how to figure out the carbs better than what my PCP did to me…While I could use any of the diets I am smart enough to substitute what I do eat for protein..

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-02 17:43:34 -0600 Report

I think it is wonderful…as haoleboy said knowledge is power…but to me the more important thing here is you might make a few new friends that share diabetes in common with you…I was thinking of taking a class by me for just that reason alone..

Type1Lou 2015-02-02 17:37:56 -0600 Report

The more you learn, the better equipped you'll be to make the decisions that give you better control! This is good news indeed!